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BASS Philosophy & Quantitative Methods
Examine today's fundamental questions using modern data analysis methods.

BASS Philosophy & Quantitative Methods / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

  • Are you interested in exploring the fundamental questions such as the nature of knowledge, truth and values?
  • Do you want the opportunity to combine your studies with paid and relevant work experience with a local or national organisation?
  • Do you want a flexible degree that will keep options open for a wide range of careers in areas including social and political research, consultancy, business and marketing - or postgraduate study?
  • Would you like the chance to study abroad for a semester?
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme .

Philosophy and Quantitative Methods is a pathway within the BA (Social Sciences) degree or BASS for short. BASS at Manchester is designed to give you maximum flexibility and choice.

If you feel that you are interested in the social sciences but fancy the chance to try out a range of different topics, this could be the degree for you.

When you apply, you select one of the ten joint pathways of the BA (Social Sciences), each of which has its own unique course code.

Although you'll start off on your chosen two-subject pathway, by Year 2 you can take a minimum of three subjects and a maximum of five and you can then specialise in any one or two subjects in your final year.

In every subject you are given a wide range of course units to choose from, and a high degree of flexibility in the way in which you combine them as your academic interests develop.

The six main subject areas are:

  • Philosophy : The study of fundamental questions such as the nature of knowledge, truth and values. Philosophy also encourages greater consideration of our reasoning, judgement and ethics.
  • Quantitative Methods : The study of data and analysis to understand the social world.
  • Social Anthropology : The study of societies and cultures across the globe in comparative perspective.
  • Sociology : The study of society and examines such issues as social inequalities and forms of everyday life.
  • Criminology : The study of the causes and consequences of crime.
  • Politics : The study of human organization, government and power. Politics examines and evaluates political systems and institutions.

Special features

  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences contains a broad-based first year which is particularly valuable if you have not taken any social science subjects before entering university.
  • There are a vast range of optional course units available to you in the second and third years. Despite the variety of these courses, all are taught by the experts in their fields - a benefit of a faculty degree.
  • Philosophy at Manchester has a long and distinguished history. Past professors of the University have included Samuel Alexander, Dorothy Emmet, Michael Polanyi and Arthur Prior.
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme

Teaching and learning

Most course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the BA (Social Sciences) programme and the wide variety of course units available, the general format of assessment can vary quite a bit.

The way that you study and are assessed will depend on which units you choose. The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding.

  • Essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations allow fuller development of and feedback on students' knowledge and understanding
  • Coursework, essays and dissertations promote the development of argument and fuller understanding of academic material and test the extent to which students can carry out work independently
  • Presentations or group projects promote the development of teamwork

Course content for year 1

In your first year on the BA Social Sciences you will take 120 credits overall which include:

  • 20 credit compulsory course unit - Engaging with Social Research - just for BASS Students

You will then choose the remaining 100 credits from your two pathways along with another subject from another pathway: 

  • Philosophy : Critical Thinking, Discovering Reality or Mind and World
  • Quantitative Methods : Applied Statistics or Unequal Societies - Health, Well Being and Happiness
  • Politics : International Politics, Political Theory or Comparative Politics
  • Social Anthropology : Regional Studies of Culture, Digital Film Making or Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective
  • Sociology : Media, Culture and Society, Sociology of Personal Life, From Modernity to Post Modernity
  • Criminology : Crime and Society, Criminal Law or Foundations of Criminal Justice

Course content for year 2

In your Second Year you begin to study your chosen pathway in much greater depth and take 120 credits over the year.

Single pathway

If you decide to specialise in one pathway, such as Philosophy, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) in that single pathway and the remaining 40 credits from other pathways from the BA Social Sciences 

Joint pathway

If you decide to take a joint pathway such as Philosophy and Quantitative Methods for instance you can again take a minimum of 40 credits (or a third of your year) in each pathway, but you have the freedom to split these between the two disciplines depending on what you'd like to study.

Free choice units

In your second year you can also take 20 credits of free choice units from across the University.

Course content for year 3

In your final year you would again take 120 credits of courses overall.

Single pathway

If you decide to specialise in one pathway, such as Philosophy, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) and minimum of 60 credits in that single pathway and the remaining credits from other pathways from the BA Social Sciences.

Joint pathway

If you decide to take a joint pathway such as Philosophy and Quantitative Methods, you can also take a minimum of 40 credits (or a third of your year) in each pathway, but you have the freedom to split these between the two disciplines depending on what you'd like to study or even select units from another pathway or subject.

In your final year you will do a compulsory dissertation. With the joint pathway, you can choose whether this is in Philosophy or Quantitative Methods.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation (20 credit) PHIL30000 20 Optional

Facilities

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk